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Constitution Daily

Constitution Daily

From the National Constitution Center.

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/
  • Aug 31

    Congressman questions constitutionality of Mount McKinley name change

    Congressman questions constitutionality of Mount McKinley name change
    President Barack Obama has endorsed a name change for Mount McKinley in Alaska. But at least one member of Congress sees the move as another constitutional overreach using executive orders.
  • Aug 31

    Would the Menendez case really make Congress “above the law”?

    Would the Menendez case really make Congress “above the law”?
    In the legal dispute between the Justice Department and Senator Robert Menendez over his conduct in office, a key constitutional issue is in play: the right of Congress members to be immune from some criminal charges during the performance of…
  • Aug 31

    How a hurricane brought Alexander Hamilton to America

    How a hurricane brought Alexander Hamilton to America
    How different would America have been without a hurricane that hit St. Croix in late August 1772? Without it, Alexander Hamilton may never have never shaped this country’s history.
Rank this Week: 1504

Nahmod Law

Nahmod Law

Covers 42 USC Section 1983 and constitutional law. By Professor Sheldon Nahmod.

http://nahmodlaw.com
Rank this Week: 3898

Wall of Separation

Wall of Separation

From the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation
Rank this Week: 1528

The Law Blogger

The Law Blogger

Covers Michigan legal news. From the Oakland Press.

http://oplawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    Second Amendment Includes Tasers and Stun Gun

    Second Amendment Includes Tasers and Stun Gun
    Tasers and stun guns are not just for law enforcement anymore. At least so says the Michigan Court of Appeals in a Taser case that arose out of Bay County Circuit Court.Several years ago, our law firm represented a woman on appeal that was…
  • Aug 30

    Transgender Jurist

    Transgender Jurist
    Judge Phyllis FryeCourtesy NYTThe front page of the Sunday New York Times occasionally provides grist for this blog's post-mill. Some Sundays, like today, we just cannot pass-up a good legal story; this one is straight out of Houston,…
  • Aug 20

    Many Lawyers Revealed Among Ashley Madison Data Dump

    Many Lawyers Revealed Among Ashley Madison Data Dump
    Earlier this week, the dating website for cheaters, Ashley Madison, suffered a potentially terminal blow to its business model.  Hackers calling themselves Impact Team dumped 9.7 gigabytes of personal account information onto the…
Rank this Week: 3892

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

Covers the Supreme Court of the United States. By Bloomberg Law.

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Aug 31

    Monday round-up

    Monday round-up
    As Lyle Denniston reported for this blog, last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a federal law prohibiting protests and demonstrations on the Supreme Court’s plaza.  Other coverage comes from Marcia Coyle…
  • Aug 28

    Court now can ban protests on its threshold

    Court now can ban protests on its threshold
    More than two years after a federal judge took away most of the Supreme Court’s power to forbid all picketing, protests and other demonstrations on the plaza in front of its building, a federal appeals court revived that authority on…
  • Aug 28

    Same-sex marriage issue returns to the Court (UPDATED)

    Same-sex marriage issue returns to the Court (UPDATED)
    UPDATED 10:52 p.m.   The application (Davis v. Miller, 15A250) has now been filed at the Court.  The blog will provide a copy as soon as it becomes available. ———- A county clerk in Kentucky who stopped issuing any…
Rank this Week: 21

Religion Clause

Religion Clause

By University of Toledo College of Law Professor Howard M. Friedman.

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    US and Saudis Furnish Hajj Travel Information To American

    US and Saudis Furnish Hajj Travel Information To American
    The Hajj will take place this year approximately from Sept. 21 - 26. The U.S. State Department has posted a Hajj Fact Sheet on its website.  It reviews health, travel and safety considerations for U.S. citizens planning a trip to…
  • Aug 31

    Recent Articles of Interest

    Recent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Frederick Mark Gedicks, Public, Private, Religious? Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in the U.S. States, (Quaderni Costituzionali, No. 3 (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2015 Forthcoming).Alagi Yorro Jallow, Freedom of Expression and Human…
  • Aug 30

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case

    Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Case
    In Aziz v. Cruzen, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111862 (ND CA, Aug. 21, 2015), a California federal district court permitted inmates to move ahead with their complaint that correctional officers would not allow Muslim inmates to pray in…
Rank this Week: 105

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Aug 31

    Rand Paul Attacks Trump Eminent Domain Use

    Rand Paul Attacks Trump Eminent Domain Use
    Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul has added eminent domain as an area to attack Donald Trump. For example, Paul raised this issue at an appearance in Idaho and a call with Alaska reporters. Paul called Trump a “fake…
  • Aug 30

    Appraisal Institute Adopts Valuers Code of Professional Ethic

    Appraisal Institute Adopts Valuers Code of Professional Ethic
    The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors at its July 30-31 meeting in Dallas adopted the proposed Valuers Code of Professional Ethics as a model code and approved making the VCPE available for use by non-AI professionals as a companion…
  • Aug 29

    Trump Criticized Over Eminent Domain Use

    Trump Criticized Over Eminent Domain Use
    There have been a number of articles written recently regarding presidential candidate Donald Trump’s use of eminent domain to acquire properties.  For example, the Boston Globe published an article on 8/25 titled…
Rank this Week: 1384

Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • Aug 30

    Journal Publishes a Modest Proposal to Bomb Law Schools--Unironically

    Journal Publishes a Modest Proposal to Bomb Law Schools--Unironically
    by Michael DorfA recent article in The Guardian called my attention to a grotesque law review article that appeared in the National Security Law Journal (NSLJ), a student-edited journal at George Mason University School of Law. The…
  • Aug 28

    From "Privacy" to "Liberty" to "Sexuality"

    From "Privacy" to "Liberty" to "Sexuality"
    by Michael DorfAs I noted a week ago, last weekend I spoke on a plenary panel at the American Sociological Association meeting in Chicago. Here I'll give a brief report in the style of a What I Did Last Summer essay that an elementary student…
  • Aug 27

    Why Am I Attacking Economists -- Almost ALL Economists?

    Why Am I Attacking Economists -- Almost ALL Economists?
    by Neil H. BuchananThe first several paragraphs of my most recent Dorf on Law post made clear (once again) that my general attitude toward what passes for modern economics might best be described as poorly contained contempt.  The title…
Rank this Week: 777

Verdict

Verdict

Provides legal analysis and commentary on topical legal news and cases.

http://verdict.justia.com/
Rank this Week: 3519

Teen Jury

Teen Jury

Covers how the law and our judicial system affects kids and teenagers.

http://www.teenjury.com/
  • Aug 30

    Citizenship before Trump… or Lincoln

    Citizenship before Trump… or Lincoln
    Several Republican presidential candidates have recently drawn public attention by criticizing the Fourteenth Amendment.  In particular, the Citizenship Clause is under fire.  In a wave of anti-immigration rhetoric, Donald Trump,…
  • Jul 23

    Law School admission criteria questioned

    Law School admission criteria questioned
    I recently completed my freshman year at Cornell University. Although I have three years remaining in Ithaca, I’m beginning to explore my career options. As I learn about the law school application process,…
  • Jun 29

    Affirmative action… again

    Affirmative action… again
    The Supreme Court has heard from Abigail Fisher before.  Now, the Court will hear from her again.  As previously summarized by TeenJury, Ms. Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas for denying her admission in 2008.…
Rank this Week: 3026

Balkinization

Balkinization

By Yale Law School Professor Jack M. Balkin.

http://balkin.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 30

    Could Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination

    Could Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination
    The quick and dirty answer to the question is yes.  And the reason has to do with the formal rules adopted by the Republican Party with regard to the allocation of delegates to the 2016 Convention, to be held in Cleveland in June. …
  • Aug 30

    The Living Constitution: A Reconsideration

    The Living Constitution: A Reconsideration
    After a series of posts evaluating the new originalism, I’m moving on to assess conventional notions of the living Constitution.  Let’s begin with two vignettes.  Consider the comprehensive exchange between Robert…
  • Aug 25

    Batson (A Footnote to Sandy Levinson)

    Batson (A Footnote to Sandy Levinson)
    A small footnote to Sandy Levinson's insightful post on the separation of criminal law and procedure from constitutional theory. A few years ago I wrote a short paper on remedies for Batson violations. The impetus for the paper is that in…
Rank this Week: 2510

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3250

Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • Aug 30

    Something-ization of Society Continues (Luxe)

    Something-ization of Society Continues (Luxe)
    Luxe. Should I call this phenomenon “Uberization” or “TaskRabbitization”? The first is catchier, the second maybe more accurate. Whatever it is, it’s deeply classist and to some apparently devilishly useful.…
  • Aug 22

    Bingo

    Bingo
    “If you think privacy is unimportant for you because you have nothing to hide, you might as well say free speech is unimportant for you because you have nothing useful to say.” (source) I have seen this attributed to Edward…
  • Aug 21

    Beyond Trumperdome

    Beyond Trumperdome
    This kind of talk, from a WashPo piece quoting supporters at yesterday’s rally, is what powers the Trump machine: Cheryl Burns, 60, was on a road trip from California when she heard that Trump would be in Alabama. She turned ……
Rank this Week: 12

Constitutional & Legal Education…

Constitutional & Legal Education News

Covers constitutional and legal issues in a non-lawyerly way. By David J. Shestokas.

http://www.shestokas.com/
  • Aug 29

    Appellate Court: Plaintiffs Offered No Proof NSA Violated Their Right

    Appellate Court: Plaintiffs Offered No Proof NSA Violated Their Right
    “Plaintiffs must realize that secrecy is yet another form of regulation, prescribing not ‘what the citizen may do’ but instead ‘what the citizen may know.’”  US Appellate Court Judge Janice Rogers…
  • Aug 17

    Illinois Requirements for a Valid Last Will and Testament

    Illinois Requirements for a Valid Last Will and Testament
    The Constitution’s Tenth Amendment notes that any power not given to the federal government is reserved to the states or the people. The Constitution does not give the federal government power over the disposition of property upon…
  • Aug 11

    The “Prime Time” Republican Primary Debate and the Constitution

    The “Prime Time” Republican Primary Debate and the Constitution
    Both President Obama and the Supreme Court have been described as “lawless” in respect to the Constitution. That description addresses actions perceived to be outside the authority granted to them by the Constitution. With such…
Rank this Week: 1620

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

By Steven D. Schwinn and Ruthann Robson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/
  • Aug 28

    DC Circuit Finds No First Amendment Violation in Statute Limiting Expression at Supreme Court

    DC Circuit Finds No First Amendment Violation in Statute Limiting Expression at Supreme Court
    Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In its substantial opinion in Hodge v. Talkin, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit upheld the constitutionality of statutory prohibitions…
  • Aug 28

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Federal Inmate Sexual Assault

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Federal Inmate Sexual Assault
    Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Ninth Circuit yesterday upheld federal laws criminalizing sexual assaults in facilities where federal inmates are held by agreement with state and local governments. The ruling is a baby-step…
  • Aug 27

    Sixth Circuit Refuses Stay in Ketucky Court Clerk Case

    Sixth Circuit Refuses Stay in Ketucky Court Clerk Case
    Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The Sixth Circuit's brief Order in Miller v. Davis refused to stay the district court's preliminary injunction mandating that a court clerk in Kentucky issue same-sex…
Rank this Week: 1007

The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy

By Eugene Volokh, Dale Carpenter, David Kopel, David Bernstein, David Post, Erik Jaffe, Ilya Somin, Jim Lindgren, Jonathan Adler, Kevan Choset, Orin Kerr, Randy Barnett, Russell Korobkin, Sasha Volokh, Stuart Benjamin, Todd Zywicki & Tyler Cowen.

http://www.volokh.com/
  • Aug 28

    [Orin Kerr] A misleading story about Justice Thoma

    [Orin Kerr] A misleading story about Justice Thoma
    The home page of the New York Times has this provocative link: The story begins by presenting Justice Thomas as a real outlier: Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006. His majority opinions…
  • Aug 28

    [Eugene Volokh] Appeals court upholds ban on demonstrations on the Supreme Court plaza

    [Eugene Volokh] Appeals court upholds ban on demonstrations on the Supreme Court plaza
    The D.C. Circuit just upheld today (Hodges v. Talkin) the ban on demonstrations on the Supreme Court plaza, the open space in front of the Supreme Court. In United States v. Grace (1983), the Supreme Court itself held that the government…
  • Aug 28

    [Eugene Volokh] The ‘Sister Wives’ case, criminal punishment of polygamy and the free speech clause

    [Eugene Volokh] The ‘Sister Wives’ case, criminal punishment of polygamy and the free speech clause
    I just filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Cato Institute in the Sister Wives case — Brown v. Buhman, now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit — and I thought I’d pass it along. (Thanks to…
Rank this Week: 7

ACSBlog

ACSBlog

Covers progressive law and policy issues, with a focus on constitutional issues. From the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog
  • Aug 28

    Online Voter Registration Makes Voting Easier in Pennsylvania

    Online Voter Registration Makes Voting Easier in Pennsylvania
    by Erin Casey, Executive Director of Pennsylvania VoiceAcross the country, states are leading the way in modernizing our voting system so it reflects and is responsive to the way people live today. Yesterday, Pennsylvania joined this…
  • Aug 28

    LegalEyes for August 28, 2015

    LegalEyes for August 28, 2015
    by Jim ThompsonAt The Hill, Tim Devaney reports that the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that companies can be held accountable for labor violations committed by their contractors.In The New York Times, Noam Scheiber and…
  • Aug 27

    The New York Times Is Right on Jury Selection

    The New York Times Is Right on Jury Selection
    by Jennifer Taylor, staff attorney, Equal Justice InitiativeRacial discrimination in jury selection is a feature of American criminal justice with a deep-rooted history and persistent life span. Last week, The New York Times explored the…
Rank this Week: 2693

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1280

American Civil Liberties Union…

American Civil Liberties Union Blog of Rights

Covers civil rights and constitutional law. From the ACLU.

https://www.aclu.org/blog
  • Aug 27

    Surprise! Get Assaulted, Call 911, Get Evicted … By Order of the Police

    Surprise! Get Assaulted, Call 911, Get Evicted … By Order of the Police
    When Nancy Markham called police on her abusive ex repeatedly, she never thought it would lead to her eviction. This piece originally appeared at Refinery29.  Last August, Nancy Markham was shocked to learn that she and her children…
  • Aug 25

    Catholic Hospital Caves Under Threat of Lawsuit and Approves Woman’s Procedure

    Catholic Hospital Caves Under Threat of Lawsuit and Approves Woman’s Procedure
    A Catholic-affiliated hospital will now perform a common reproductive healthcare procedure after the ACLU threatened to sue Under the threat of a potential lawsuit, a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California’s largest hospital network…
  • Aug 21

    The Army Should Assign Roles Based on Merit, Not Gender

    The Army Should Assign Roles Based on Merit, Not Gender
    Now that two women have graduated from Army Ranger school, it’s time to end all restrictions on women’s roles in the military This piece originally appeared on The Guardian. During my deployment to Iraq in 2007, the IED that…
Rank this Week: 2274

Fair and Unbalanced

Fair and Unbalanced

Left-leaning, social justice-minded slant on law and justice issues, the death penalty, politics, and current events.

http://fairandunbalancedblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Met Fan

    Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Met Fan
    My two daughters are the kind of socially conscious, progressive thinking, organic eating, nature loving children that one would expect from being born and raised in Berkeley, California.  They are Bay Area kids in just about every…
  • Aug 25

    Thank You Steven Gladstone, Wherever You Are

    Thank You Steven Gladstone, Wherever You Are
    Two of my all-time favorite rock albums were released in 1975.  Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.  To commemorate the latter, which came out 40 years ago today, I've revised a piece I…
  • Aug 20

    GOP Candidates: From Bad To Very Bad

    GOP Candidates: From Bad To Very Bad
    Guest Blog Post by Tina DupuyI plead with all the writers, journalists, pundits, posters, commenters and tweeters of the nation: Please stop calling the Republican field a clown car. It was funny and image-provoking the first hundred times I…
Rank this Week: 2997

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 25

    Amtrak Subsidy

    Amtrak Subsidy
    I’d like to talk about an issue that has been below the surface of the news but reflects a constant disagreement in our politics. Economic conservatives would displace almost everything in favor of the marketplace. But when you decide…
  • Aug 18

    Regression to the Mean

    Regression to the Mean
    Social scientists have a phrase, “regression to the mean.” What they mean is that the law of averages eventually fells families, companies or countries that are doing better than average, and eventually lift those doing much worse…
  • Aug 4

    Do the police really have no time to do anything but shoot?

    Do the police really have no time to do anything but shoot?
    Perhaps you read the NY Times story over the weekend about the self-described expert in police killings, William Lewinski, who justifies every police killing on the ground that the policeman had no time to protect himself, no time to do…
Rank this Week: 4507

Arizona Common Law

Arizona Common Law

Discusses law in the state of Arizona with a focus on what rights are protected by the Arizona Constitution, free speech rights (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), religion and religious freedoms (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), and emerging issues of the law. By Joe Thomas.

http://azcommonlaw.com
  • Aug 24

    Unilateral Contract Case Study

    Unilateral Contract Case Study
    A local news program reported recently a woman in the Phoenix metro area is offering $1,000 to anyone who can prove the claims in Proposition 104. Sounds like a fun way to possibly make a grand.  But is this a legally enforceable…
  • Aug 19

    Pleading Ignorance of Arizona’s Case Law

    Pleading Ignorance of Arizona’s Case Law
    I wish it was as simple as this: “Your Honor, I plead ignorance of the law because it is impractical and quite nearly impossible to access a significant amount of Arizona’s case law on the matter.”  Nearly 30 years of…
  • Aug 5

    Federal Wiretaps, District of Arizona 2014

    Federal Wiretaps, District of Arizona 2014
    The Federal Wiretap Report made by the federal judiciary, provides an insight into how wiretaps are used in Arizona and how the judicial district Arizona compares to other judicial districts in the United States. Just looking at the map…
Rank this Week: 1733

Media and Communications Policy

Media and Communications Policy

Covers First Amendment and communication policy issues. By the Media Institute.

http://www.mediacompolicy.org/
  • Aug 24

    News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson: Telling It Like It I

    News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson: Telling It Like It I
    It’s not every day that a speech given by a publishing executive is truly noteworthy, but remarks given earlier this month by Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., are the exception to the rule. Speaking on August 13 at Australia’s…
  • Aug 11

    Trump and the Media

    Trump and the Media
    Far too many people, GOP presidential candidates included, earnestly describe Donald Trump as vulgar, narcissistic, uninformed, or juvenile.  What they don’t realize is that Trump and the media see attributes like these as his good…
  • Jul 15

    The First Amendment and Free Speech Under Assault

    The First Amendment and Free Speech Under Assault
    If you’re not alarmed by the assault on the First Amendment and free speech generally, you’re not paying attention. Consider the list of offenses committed by the government.  They range, in recent times, from the Department…
Rank this Week: 3546

Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

Provides commentary on law, politics and justice. By Professor Darren Hutchinson.

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 23

    Cop Swindles Elderly Dementia Victim of $2 Million; Department Does Nothing to Stop It

    Cop Swindles Elderly Dementia Victim of $2 Million; Department Does Nothing to Stop It
    In a rather disturbing case of police misconduct, Aaron Goodwin, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire police officer, took advantage of a 91-year-old woman with dementia. She had called 911 for some reason,... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Jul 9

    What the Reaction to Bill Cosby Reveals About Society's Construction of Men Who Rape

    What the Reaction to Bill Cosby Reveals About Society's Construction of Men Who Rape
    I have not said much on Cosby and the numerous rape allegations against him. I think the last time I mentioned him was after Beverly Johnson came made her accusation. I found it powerful and, given... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Nov 21

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.
    Mainstream and rightwing media have done an atrocious job discussing the legal issues implicated by President Obama's immigration policy. While rightwingers clearly believe the president's policies... To view the rest of this article, please…
Rank this Week: 1139

Gamso - For the Defense

Gamso - For the Defense

Provides commentary on criminal law, civil liberties and jurisprudence. By Jeffrey Gamso.

http://gamso-forthedefense.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    A Corrections Officer Ain't No Ham Sandwich

    A Corrections Officer Ain't No Ham Sandwich
    The idea is that the grand jury is a check on prosecutorial abuse.  You get a bunch of citizens who scrutinize the prosecutor's evidence, challenge it even, and decide whether there's probable cause to believe the accused is guilty.…
  • Aug 18

    Fear of Flooding - UPDATE

    Fear of Flooding - UPDATE
    Are you a due process or a finality kind of guy?The question came from a judge.  We'd just met.  He knew nothing about me except that I was licensed to practice law.  He was cutting, as they say (and, by the way, just who are…
  • Aug 15

    95% Error Rate

    95% Error Rate
    They call themselves criminalists or forensic scientists or something with a fancy name.  They come into court explaining that they've done these tests hundreds of times.  There are, they say, a whole bunch of points of comparison.…
Rank this Week: 4202

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Aug 17

    Jotwell 2015 Summer Break

    Jotwell 2015 Summer Break
    Jotwell is taking a short summer break. Posting will resume on Tuesday, September 1. However, even while we’re on break, we’ll be accepting submissions, editing them, updating the site’s theme, and preparing new sections we…
  • Aug 14

    What is a Theorist For? The Recruitment of Users into Online Governance

    What is a Theorist For? The Recruitment of Users into Online Governance
    Kate Crawford & Tarleton Gillespie, What is a flag for? Social media reporting tools and the vocabulary of complaint, New Media & Society (2014), available at SSRN.Rebecca TushnetThe problem of handling harassing and discriminatory…
  • Aug 12

    Making People Pay – and Pay, and Pay

    Making People Pay – and Pay, and Pay
    Wayne A. Logan and Ronald F. Wright, Mercenary Criminal Justice, 2014 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1175 (2014).Mary FanWhile budget crises have sparked efforts to curb the costs of mass incarceration, financial considerations have also intensified…
Rank this Week: 4476

Michael Smith's Law Blog

Michael Smith's Law Blog

A legal blog written by a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law. Posts cover a wide range of topics, but areas of focus include criminal law, constitutional law, law and technology, and commentary on scholarship and legal education.

http://www.smithblawg.blogspot.com
  • Aug 16

    Varriale v. State: DNA Submitted Without Express Limitation on Consent Can be Used to Investigate Other Crime

    Varriale v. State: DNA Submitted Without Express Limitation on Consent Can be Used to Investigate Other Crime
    So holds Maryland's Court of Appeals (the state's court of last resort), in Varriale v. State. The opinion can be found here. Here is the abstract of the case provided by the Court:The use of a buccal swab inside a person’s cheek to…
  • Aug 13

    "Bitcoin's Dark Side Could Get Darker"

    "Bitcoin's Dark Side Could Get Darker"
    That's the title of this interesting article by Tom Simonite over at the MIT Technology review. Simonite outlines a myriad of ways that online, "smart-contract" platforms such as Ethereum may be used to facilitate activities that, at best,…
  • Aug 10

    "Arbitration by Combat"

    "Arbitration by Combat"
    An article on Game of Thrones, trial by combat, and arbitration that I coauthored with Raj Shah is now available on SSRN. You can download the full paper here. Here is the abstract:Trial by combat is a popular method of dispute resolution in…
Rank this Week: 1725

Underdog Blog

Underdog Blog

Covers constitutional law, criminal law, DUI, drugs, First Amendment and immigration. By Jon Katz, P.C.

http://katzjustice.com/underdog/
  • Aug 16

    This week ends my excruciating weekslong blogging near-silence.

    This week ends my excruciating weekslong blogging near-silence.
    By Fairfax/Northern Virginia Criminal Defense/DWI lawyer Jon Katz. Pursuing the best outcome for felonies, misdemeanors, drugs, marijuana, sex crimes, prostitution, weapons, assault, and all other alleged crimes.   For weeks while…
  • Aug 6

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki- Shameful parts of American history.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki- Shameful parts of American history.
      First, the United States government threw west coast Japanese-Americans into barren concentration camps starting in 1942, urinating on their dignity and robbing them of their freedom, property, and careers. The United States Supreme…
  • Jul 26

    Don't let the opponent break your spirit.

    Don't let the opponent break your spirit.
    By Fairfax/Northern Virginia Criminal Defense/DWI lawyer Jon Katz. Pursuing the best outcome for felonies, misdemeanors, drugs, marijuana, sex crimes, prostitution, weapons, assault, and all other alleged crimes.   One day in summer…
Rank this Week: 2166

Religious Law Blog

Religious Law Blog

Covers religious law and liberty issues affecting churches, ministries, and individuals. By Telios Law PLLC.

http://telioslaw.com/religious-law-blog-posts
  • Aug 14

    Religious Organizations and Gay Marriage

    Religious Organizations and Gay Marriage
    The United States Supreme Court recently declared in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states must recognize same-sex unions to the same extent as traditional marriages. What does it say and not say about "marriage equality" and what should…
  • Jul 15

    Options for Reporting Child Abuse in an International Context

    Options for Reporting Child Abuse in an International Context
    If the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multi-jurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report. All reports…
  • Jun 25

    Seven Lessons from Archdiocese Criminal Prosecution

    Seven Lessons from Archdiocese Criminal Prosecution
    The State of Minnesota filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The charge was six counts of a gross misdemeanor criminal complaint, for putting children at risk in various ways. What lessons should…
Rank this Week: 3473

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Civil Appellate practice tips, resources, and news. Published by D. Todd Smith, Attorney at Law.

http://www.texasappellatelawblog.com/
  • Aug 14

    An Appellate Lawyer Makes a Trial Team Better

    An Appellate Lawyer Makes a Trial Team Better
    A while back, the folks at Texas Lawyer invited me to submit an article on how appellate counsel may play a supporting role in the trial court. The article is now available online and will appear in next week’s print edition. In…
  • Aug 10

    As Summer Ends, a New Appellate Season Begin

    As Summer Ends, a New Appellate Season Begin
    With the sun setting on summer, early September is shaping up to be a busy time for Texas appellate practitioners and court watchers. Texas Supreme Court Returns from Summer Recess Although the Texas Supreme Court will issue orders every…
  • Apr 6

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice
    This post features the video and slides for the eighth and final lecture in my Appellate Practice and Procedure course. The presentation appears after the jump. Appellate law can be a very difficult practice area to break into. Because legal…
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Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Covers criminal law, DUI and civil rights. By Peterson Law Offices.

http://www.idahocriminaldefenselaw.com/
  • Aug 13

    Fazliddin Kurbanov Found Guilty – Looking At Terrorism In Idaho

    Fazliddin Kurbanov Found Guilty – Looking At Terrorism In Idaho
    Fazliddin Kurbanov’s trial is over, and as quickly as it began, most people will forget about the issues raised in court. A jury found that Fazliddin had agreed with a person identified as “Ahmadi” to provide material…
  • Jun 27

    I feel like a turtle, on its back, in the middle of the road!

    I feel like a turtle, on its back, in the middle of the road!
    Two weeks to go – and then another six or so to sanity. This is the way it goes every time I prepare for a big trial. I try to not let it get me but it always does. And my compadres at the office, my blushing bride of nearly forty…
  • May 7

    Pardon our absence …

    Pardon our absence …
    There are times when we are getting ready for trial and there seems little time to breathe, and no time to post to this blog. Now is such a time. So if we seem absent – well we are. But I am reminded today of the value of preparation,…
Rank this Week: 1399

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Covers constitutional law and jurisprudence (in Spanish). Features legal news, cases and commentaries from Argentina, U.S. and the Americas.

http://www.saberderecho.com/
  • Aug 11

    Dos etapas en la relación de la Corte y el kirchnerismo (y bonus track)

    Dos etapas en la relación de la Corte y el kirchnerismo (y bonus track)
    Mañana comienza el XII Congreso Nacional de Ciencia Política de la Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Político en Mendoza, y yo había presentado allí una ponencia que era una exposición más…
  • Jul 29

    Héroes igual

    Héroes igual
    <3 <3 <3.Sin relación con la imagen, aunque si con el deporte en cuestión, escribimos en La Agenda sobre el (muy problemático) fallo que le devolvió a Arsenal los puntos que le había reclamado…
  • Jul 12

    Los personajes del Nuevo Código Civil (+bonus track de info)

    Los personajes del Nuevo Código Civil (+bonus track de info)
    El 1º de Agosto entrará en vigencia el Nuevo Código Civil y Comercial. Posiblemente sea el cambio normativo más relevante de nuestra generación.Para la mitad del país que entra en feria el 20 de julio,…
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Crime & Federalism

Crime & Federalism

Covers civil rights, criminal law, federalism, and Section 1983. By Norman Pattis and Michael Cernovich.

http://www.crimeandfederalism.com/
  • Aug 10

    An Open Letter to the #Cuckservative Chattering Cla

    An Open Letter to the #Cuckservative Chattering Cla
    I'm not a political junkie who sits around watching CNN or FoxNews. I don't know who the big names or personalities are, and I don't care. For the most part politics are reality TV for men - part wish fulfillment, part distraction from a life…
  • Aug 4

    How to Argue with a Cuckservative

    How to Argue with a Cuckservative
    Ever since I started making fun of cuckservatives (conservatives who enjoy watching their friends get screwed over by the left), the attacks have come. The attacks are not from social justice warriors (my usual adversaries). No, I've been…
  • Jul 31

    What It's Like Meeting a Woman Who Doesn't Exist

    What It's Like Meeting a Woman Who Doesn't Exist
    For years I read a blog by Vox Day, but to be honest, I had my concerns about the man. I thought it was weird that he pretended to have an attractive wife. Why do this? John Scalzi, one of Vox Day's haters, had convinced me and others that…
Rank this Week: 2081

Real Property & Development Review

Real Property & Development Review

Covers real estate, construction, and land use laws in the Pacific Northwest. By Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

http://www.dwtrealpropertyreview.com/
  • Jul 29

    Plain Jane: Cannabis Officially Joins Oregon’s Agricultural Community

    Plain Jane: Cannabis Officially Joins Oregon’s Agricultural Community
    Cannabis has long been one of Oregon’s most valuable crops. The estimated annual value of Oregon cannabis approaches $1 billion, which is more than traditional Oregon crops such as cattle ($833 million), nursery crops ($515 million),…
  • Feb 3

    ANWR News: The Fine Print of President Obama’s Executive Action to Create Over 12 Million Acres of Wilderne

    ANWR News: The Fine Print of President Obama’s Executive Action to Create Over 12 Million Acres of Wilderne
    The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is administratively implementing President Obama’s recommendation that certain lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska be designated as wilderness.  FWS…
  • Nov 17

    Court of Appeals Denies Vesting for Shoreline Permit

    Court of Appeals Denies Vesting for Shoreline Permit
    Last week Washington’s Court of Appeals decided Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland (Div. I, August 25, 2014), which addressed whether the filing of an application for a shoreline substantial development permit, without…
Rank this Week: 1307

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by and discussions with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.

https://soundcloud.com/uchicagolaw
  • Jul 17

    Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two, Concepts of Liberty”

    Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two, Concepts of Liberty”
    Even for those among us who are not altogether convinced by Isaiah Berlin's famous essay "Two Concepts of Liberty," it has by now become commonplace to adopt a distinction between "negative" and "positive" liberties that largely coincides…
  • Jun 29

    William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and ...”

    William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and ...”
    “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and the Search for a Theory of Relativity” At this law school, “law and economics” is a mantra. But what is the “economics” in “law and…
  • Jun 11

    Aziz Huq, “Hobby Lobby and the Psychology of Corporate Rights”

    Aziz Huq, “Hobby Lobby and the Psychology of Corporate Rights”
    After the Hobby Lobby and Citizens United decisions, a robust public debate has emerged over corporate constitutional rights. Prof. Huq discusses ongoing empirical research about how the Hobby Lobby case has influenced public perceptions not…
Rank this Week: 175

Federalist Society Multimedia…

Federalist Society Multimedia Archive

Audio of recent events, speeches and conferences of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/page/multimedia-from-past-federalist-society-events-2014
  • Jul 13

    2015 Annual Supreme Court Round Up 7-10-2015

    2015 Annual Supreme Court Round Up 7-10-2015
    Washington, DC Lawyers ChapterOn July 10, 2015, Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP delivered the Annual Supreme Court Round Up at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.Featuring:Mr. Miguel Estrada, Gibson Dunn…
  • Jun 24

    Congressional Oversight 6-18-2015

    Congressional Oversight 6-18-2015
    Third Annual Executive Branch Review ConferenceAfter delegating significant power to the administrative state, is Congress properly discharging its oversight role? Are there tools available to Congress that are underutilized? Would a proper…
  • Jun 24

    The Incentives Behind Congressional Delegation 6-18-2015

    The Incentives Behind Congressional Delegation 6-18-2015
    Third Annual Executive Branch Review ConferenceIn administrative law the focus has primarily been on how to constrain executive discretion. It may, however, be equally important to consider how to constrain the delegations that create that…
Rank this Week: 2236

Supreme Court Haiku

Supreme Court Haiku

The Law of the Land in Seventeen Syllables.

http://supremecourthaiku.com/blog1/
Rank this Week: 2746

Life Sentences Blog

Life Sentences Blog

Tracks new legal developments and research relating to long prison sentences. By Marquette University Law School Professor Michael O'Hear.

http://www.lifesentencesblog.com/
  • Jun 27

    Rodriguez v. United States: Supreme Court Says No to Prolonged Traffic Stop

    Rodriguez v. United States: Supreme Court Says No to Prolonged Traffic Stop
    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court decided City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the fourth and final of its search-and-seizure cases this term. In Patel, the Court overturned a city ordinance requiring hotel operators to share information about…
  • Jun 25

    Ohio v. Clark: The Supreme Court’s Latest Pronouncement on the Confrontation Clause

    Ohio v. Clark: The Supreme Court’s Latest Pronouncement on the Confrontation Clause
    By guaranteeing criminal defendants the right to confront their accusers, the Sixth Amendment limits the ability of the government to use hearsay evidence against defendants at trial.  Importantly, though, the Confrontation Clause only…
  • Jun 2

    Elonis v. United States: SCOTUS Again Adopts Narrowing Construction of Criminal Statute

    Elonis v. United States: SCOTUS Again Adopts Narrowing Construction of Criminal Statute
    As I noted in my post last week, the Supreme Court has a variety of interpretive tools at its disposal to rein in the ever-expanding reach of federal criminal law.  Right on cue, the Court demonstrated the use of one of these tools this…
Rank this Week: 4661

Constitution

Constitution

Commentary on constitutions, the rule of law, and nomology.

http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 13

    How displacements defeat justice and law

    How displacements defeat justice and law
    One of the ways rights are being threatened by government today is the creeping practice of what may be called displacements. In psychology displacement behavior is the substitution of behavior that is easier, safer, but unconducive to one's…
  • Jun 2

    "Piracy" not just "robbery at sea"

    &quot;Piracy&quot; not just &quot;robbery at sea&quot;
    A flaw in most discussions of "piracy" is the lack of a coherent and historically accurate definition of what the term meant to the Framers when they wrote the Piracy Clause. The United States Supreme Court decision in the 1820 case of…
  • Jun 1

    SSN: Number of the Beast?

    SSN: Number of the Beast?
    And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. καὶ ἵνα μή τις δύνηται…
Rank this Week: 362

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • May 29

    Governors Push for Private School Voucher

    Governors Push for Private School Voucher
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThe public (63%) does not support private school vouchers: every time a voucher program has been put to a vote in the past 45 years, the voters have rejected it. Despite this disapproval, Governors around the…
  • Apr 23

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition
    LegislativeAdoption agencies could refuse to place children in otherwise stable homes because the parents seeking to adopt are unmarried, previously divorced, a same sex couple, or adherents to a religion not practiced by the child-placing…
  • Mar 25

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThese bills are especially troublesome because they would allow government employees to discriminate in the name of religion. We’ve been blogging a lot about state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)…
Rank this Week: 1527

Beyond The Scope

Beyond The Scope

Covers the practice of interstate drug interdiction and property seizure/forfeiture. By Stowers & Sarcone, PLC.

http://www.interstatedrugbust.com/blog/
  • May 19

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry
    Last week Stowers & Sarcone successfully secured the removal of one of their clients from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The client met all of the criteria of Iowa Code Section 692A.128 and was determined to be a low risk to re-offend.…
  • May 19

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill
    On May 1, 2015 Governor Branstad signed Senate Bill 385. “An Act Relating to the Expungement of Not-Guilty Verdicts and Dismissed Criminal-Charge Records…” into law. This is a big step for Iowa which had no general…
  • Jan 27

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge
    FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES vs STATE DRUG CHARGES: What’s the difference? What makes a federal drug charge vs a state drug charge? Federal drug charges are prosecuted in the United States District Court by the United States Attorney’s…
Rank this Week: 1827

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Covers school law, special education, bullying, school discipline and school-related First Amendment rights.

http://jerrytanenbaum.com/sample-page/
  • May 18

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right
    Last week I wrote about your child’s special education “stay put” rights when Due Process is filed, and discussed how the right to extend “stay put” all the way through the appeals process was currently being…
  • May 14

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision
    As IEP season is upon us, parents of children with special needs are reminded of the need to understand how to utilize the “Stay Put” provision in the IDEA.   This provision is intended to protect a child from being jerked…
  • Apr 1

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need
    If you have a child with a Section 504 Plan or who receives special education services under an IEP, it’s important to know that your child may have some additional rights to either address helping him behave more appropriately in…
Rank this Week: 1889

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

Covers the First Amendment and public records. By Karl Olson.

http://www.firstamendmentlawyerblog.com/
  • May 4

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say
    Does someone who wants to be a judge have a First Amendment right to hit people up for campaign money? Thankfully, the U. S. Supreme Court says "no," in a 5-4 decision filed April 29. The Court's split decision will hopefully keep the…
  • Feb 27

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate
    A Sacramento man's display of a swastika on his front lawn has triggered a hate speech debate in California. State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) was joined by a group of veterans, community leaders and fellow legislators February 26…
  • Jun 21

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower
    The U. S. Supreme Court has taken a step in the right direction for public employee whistleblowers. The Court's June 19 decision in Lane v. Franks reiterates that citizens don't surrender First Amendment rights by accepting public…
Rank this Week: 1323

Charter Cases

Charter Cases

Covers court decisions involving Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

http://www.chartercases.com/
  • Apr 13

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15
    The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Nur considers the constitutionality of a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Continue reading →
  • Feb 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5
    In Carter, the Supreme Court reconsidered the constitutionality of the prohibition on assisted suicide, which had previously been upheld in Rodriguez. Continue reading →
  • Jan 27

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25
    In TWU v. NSBS, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court delivered a resounding vindication for freedom of religion last month, overturning a Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society regulation which would have prohibited Trinity Western University…
Rank this Week: 3353

Colorado Common Law

Colorado Common Law

Covers state public record law, civil rights, and obscenity. By Joe Thomas.

http://cocommonlaw.com
  • Apr 11

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record
    A Vaughn index is a tool used in public records disputes where the person requesting documents, will ask the court to compel the records custodian to list all responsive documents and explain why or why not the documents should be released.…
  • Apr 8

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado
    It appears a sad new trend in Colorado is to create policies or laws, treating homelessness as a criminal condition. A new report, “No Right to Rest: Criminalizing Homelessness in Colorado” which details the efforts cities and…
  • Apr 4

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance
    The City of Denver is working on banning people it considers nuisances from high traffic areas.  And does not appear there is much concern in the community about the practice. Well, I have a big problem with the practice and I will argue…
Rank this Week: 1523